The Next Big Thing
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In this edition of the Next Big Thing, glimpse works-in-progress from our second intake of 2018 Hot Desk Fellows – fresh from ten weeks of work on their projects inside the Wheeler Centre.
Featuring new writing from Asiel Adan Sanchez, Candy Bowers, Jamie Marina Lau, Magan Magan, Melissa Manning, Stephen Pham and Christian Taylor.
Readings will be our bookseller at this event.
Asiel Adan Sanchez is an organic, gluten-free, vegan, single origin, ethically sourced gender fluid. They may be found in late-night hospital shifts writing lines of poetry in between melancholic insulin orders. Born and raised in Mexico, their work is an attempt to reconcile culture, race, gender and sexuality. They spend their free time kissing boys and crying in public.
Candy Bowers is an award-winning writer, actor, social-activist, comedian and producer. The co-artistic director of Black Honey Company, Candy has pioneered a fierce sub-genre of hip hop theatre that delves into the heart of radical feminist dreaming.
Stephen Pham is a Vietnamese-Australian writer from Cabramatta. He is an original member of SWEATSHOP Writers' Collective His work has appeared in Overland, Meanjin, Griffith Review and Sydney Review of Books. In 2018, Stephen received the NSW Writer's Fellowship from Create NSW to commence work on his debut manuscript Vietnamatta.
Jamie Marina Lau is a writer from Melbourne. Her debut novel, Pink Mountain on Locust Island was published this year by Brow Books.
Christian is a Melbourne-based actor, writer and theatremaker. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Practice (2014). His theatre investigates the nature of grief, physical ritual, the limitations of language, and phenomenological performance, and he is fascinated (perhaps morbidly so) by speculative environmental literature.
Magan Magan has read his work at the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Young Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers Festival and Melbourne Poets Union. His work has been published in Hyde magazine, Melbourne Writers festival, literary arts journal Offset, Cordite Poetry Review and anthologies Shots from the Chamber and Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry.
Melissa Manning’s short fiction and literary non-fiction has been widely published, including in Award Winning Australian Writing, Best Small Fictions (US), To Carry Her Home (UK), Overland, the Big Issue, and Tasmania 40°South.
Veronica is the Wheeler Centre’s Programming Manager.
She sits on the board of the Feminist Writers Festival and co-hosts Sisteria, a podcast about women’s experiences as creators and consumers of arts and culture.
New and emerging writers often produce adventurous, experimental or honest work – with the lesser burden of expectation, habit and legacy allowing for more careful or bold ideas.
A Wheeler Centre stalwart, our Next Big Thing series showcases the best in fresh Australian writing – with a focus on a different genre each month. You’ll hear from future favourites, and discover new darlings while you enjoy a drink and a bite in the intimate surrounds of The Moat.
Why wait for everyone else to catch up? Find tomorrow’s literary stars today.